07.27.18

Senators Urging Britain, France, and Germany to Deepen Cooperation Against Iran, Warning On Sanctions

‘We write to urge you to comply with all American sanctions, but also to emphasize we would consider it particularly troubling if you sought to evade or undermine American statutes’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) along with nine senators sent a letter this week to the ambassadors of the EU3 – Britain, France, and Germany – calling on their governments to deepen Transatlantic cooperation against Iran and warning against efforts to evade U.S. sanctions, which are set to be re-imposed in the coming weeks. The letter was signed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), David Perdue (R-GA), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK).

The senators emphasized that while certain sanctions on Iran were imposed by executive order and regulation, a core set of four statutes were passed into law by Congress, some unanimously in the Senate, and were affirmed by subsequent Presidents.

“We write to urge you to comply with all American sanctions, but also to emphasize we would consider it particularly troubling if you sought to evade or undermine American statutes,” the senators wrote. “First, these statutes align with your governments’ commitment to deepen cooperation addressing Iran’s ballistic missile program and destabilizing activities. Second, they were passed over several years by overwhelming bipartisan majorities – including in some cases via unanimous Senate passage – and Congress is obligated to ensure their implementation.

“These laws were passed by Congress, signed by President Obama, and will be enforced by President Trump. Congressional leaders of both parties have taken a firm stance in support of them. They are not the policies of one party or one branch, but the considered and long-term policy of the United States as expressed by Congress. Any attempt to evade or undermine them could well prompt Congressional action, in coordination with other elements of the U.S. government, to ensure their integrity.”

Read the full letter here.

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